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0-4-0 + 0-4-0 Beyer Garratt Locomotive K Class order No. 9954 works No 5292 &5293 supplied in 1909

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Order No. 9954 was for two 2'-0" gauge 0-4-0 + 0-4-0 compound Garratt locomotives works progressive Nos. 5292 & 5293 supplied in 1909 for use on the North East Dudas Tramway referred to as K 1 & 2. The tramway closed in 1930 and the two engines were left standing in the engine shed at Zeehan. In 1947 K1 was brought back to the UK by Beyer Peacock and was kept at Gorton until the firm closed in 1966.

The driving wheels were 2'-7½" in diameter and the outside cylinders 11" dia x 16" stroke & 17" dia x 16" stroke with a boiler pressure of 195 psi.

In 1966 K1 was bought by the Festiniog Railway and displayed for several years at Harbour Station, Porthmadog. The engine, without drastic alterations, was too large for use on the Festiniog Railway and was moved to the National Railway Museum at York. In April 1995 K1 was moved to North Wales and made some publicity appearances in support of the re-opening of the Welsh Highland Railway which originally ran from Carnarfon through Beddgelert to Porthmadog. Shortly after the re-opening of the Dinas to Carnarfon section K1 was on the move again this time for restoration at Tyseley, the base of the Birmingham Railway Museum & Locomotive Works. During the restoration it became apparent that K1 incorporated some of K2's parts. An interesting discovery considering that K2 had been sold for scrap. The restored engine is scheduled to return to the WHR in 2003.

Information provided by Joe Lloyd

Plateway Press have recently published "The Origins of the Garratt Locomotive" by Richard L. Hills. All royalties from the sale of this book are being donated by the author towards the cost of restoring K1. www.plateway.co.uk

For more information about the restoration of K1.